Rosie The Riveter Trust - Items filtered by date: November 2017

maritime child development center

The Maritime Child Development Center was one of approximately 35 nursery school units of varying sizes established in the Richmond area during World War II in order to provide child care for women working in the Kaiser shipyards. This center was funded and constructed by the U.S. Maritime Commission as part of a larger development that also included housing, an elementary school and a fire station. The temporary housing was demolished after the war but a larger permanent housing complex remains as do the other buildings. The Maritime Child Development Center, a wood frame, modernist style building operated by the Richmond School District, incorporated progressive educational programming, and was staffed with nutritionists, psychiatrists and certified teachers. It had a capacity of 180 children per day. At its peak, with 24,500 women on the Kaiser payroll, Richmond's citywide child care program maintained a total daily attendance of 1,400 children.

In 2012, the Rosie the Riveter Trust, partnering with the National Park Service and many partners throughout the city and school district, completed a $9 million historic renovation of the building and won a LEED Gold for Schools award. The Trust now operates the building on behalf of RORI. It houses a K-3 charter school, Richmond College Prep, and the Richmond Community Foundation, along with a National Park Service exhibit room which can be visited on scheduled tours.

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craneway ford assembly plant

Craneway Pavilion Website

The old Ford Assembly Plant on Richmond's waterfront survived the end of its car-assembling years, a major earthquake, water damage, vandals and multiple proposals for its demolition to witness a rebirth that has now captured national acclaim.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the building one of 15 National Preservation Honor Awards when renovations were completed in 2009.

The building, now called Ford Point, is one of Richmond's historic gems and is part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home front National Historic Park. Workers in the 1930s assembled cars there and routed them to dealers in Northern California and Hawaii. In 1942, the plant switched to assembling thousands of jeeps, tanks and other military vehicles as part of the World War II home front effort. The plant processed 60,000 tanks plus other combat vehicles including Army trucks, half-tracks tank destroyers, personnel carriers, scout cars, amphibious tanks, lift trucks, snow plows, and bomb lift trucks.

Ford reconverted it to production of civilian autos and trucks in 1945, and closed it in 1955. Today, the beautifully renovated building, designed originally by well-known architect Albert Kahn, is home to a restaurant called Assemble, hundreds of community special events put on in the Craneway Pavillion, and it is part of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

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Ford Assembly Plant designed by Alfred Kahn

RORI Website

The Oil House is believed to have been designed by Ford Assembly Plant architect, Albert Kahn Associates. It was constructed at approximately the same time, in 1930, as the rest of the buildings. The building held multiple large oil tanks that fueled the boilers that, in turn, ran the stream powered conveyor system and equipment of the Ford Plant. Oil tanks were located in the lower level as well as within the east gallery of the building. The west gallery served for support and maintenance activities. The lower level was originally accessible only through a tunnel from the main Plant building and a narrow ladder inside the building itself. Visitors now enjoy access to all 3 levels of the building, where the top floors house galleries, exhibits and the gift store. The bottom level, which housed the oil tanks now boasts a beautiful movie theater, a classroom, and rotating exhibits. Across the tarmac, the Ford Assembly Plant rises majestically, and visitor can enjoy events in the Craneway, or a bite to eat at Assemble, a restaurant housed in the original boiler room area. Both of these buildings retain their historic character and as a result of loving renovation, the beauty of these structures astounds once again.

Visiting the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center

Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park

Address: 1414 Harbour Way S #3000/Oil House, Richmond, CA

Directions: From Cutting Blvd., take Harbour Way south for .8 mi. then left into gated lot, past guard shack. Follow signs.

Hours: Daily 10-5 (Call to verify)

Phone: 510-232-5050

Admission: FREE

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rosie riveter memorial

Designed by visual artist Susan Schwartzenberg and landscape architect/environmental sculptor Cheryl Barton, the Rosie the Riveter Memorial: Honoring American Women's Labor During WWII is the first in the nation to honor and describe this important chapter of American history. Chairwoman Donna Powers led the campaign to establish the Memorial and the sculpture was commissioned by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Redevelopment Agency.

The principal component is a walkway, the length of a ship's keel, which slopes toward the San Francisco Bay and aligns with the Golden Gate Bridge.The path is inscribed with a timeline about the home front and quotes from women workers sandblasted into white granite. Sculptural elements of stainless steel encountered on the walkway are drawn from ship's blueprints and suggest the unfinished forms of hull, stack and stern under construction. Two gardens - one of rockrose and one of dune grass - occupy the location of the ship's fore and aft hatches. Porcelain enamel panels on the hull and stack reproduce memorabilia and letters gathered from former shipyard workers during the course of the Memorial project, along with photographs of women at work in jobs across the nation.

The panels, quotes and timeline illustrate the complex opportunities, challenges and hardships faced by women during the war years, including gender discrimination, hazardous working conditions, food rationing, and shortages of housing and childcare.

Donna Powers was inspired to create the Memorial by two women in her family. Her mother-in-law Ruth Powers was a teacher at the Richmond shipyards daycare centers and her great aunt Clarissa Hicks was a riveter at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their wonderful stories led her to ask other women around Richmond what their jobs and lives were like during WWII, and the project grew under the leadership of historian and cultural planner Donna Graves.

Visiting the Rosie the Riveter Memorial

Address: Marina Park - Regatta Blvd., Richmond, CA

Directions: I-580 Marina Bay Parkway exit south to right on Regatta Blvd., Marina Park is on left.

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Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park - Visitor Education Center

1414 Harbour Way South, Suite #3000 (Oil House) Richmond, CA 94804

Open daily: 10am-5pm | (510) 232-5050 x0
(Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day)

Driving Directions

From Sacramento:
I-80 West, EXIT Cutting Blvd. making a Right onto Cutting. Continue on Cutting for 2 Miles, and then make a Left onto Harbour Way South and continue for 0.8 miles. Make a left at the security gate/guard shack just before the large Ford Assembly Building. Inform the guard that you are going to the Visitor Center. Drive behind the Ford building. Visitor Center is in a smaller brick building down by the water. Parking close to the building is limited.

From Berkeley:
I-80 East, then take the I-580 West split after the Gilman St. off ramp. EXIT Harbour Way South, then turn Right onto Cutting Blvd, now make a Right at the next stop light onto Harbour Way South and Continue for 0.8 miles. Make a left at the security gate/guard shack just before the large Ford Assembly Building. Inform the guard that you are going to the Visitor Center. Drive behind the Ford building. Visitor Center is in a smaller brick building down by the water. Parking close to the building is limited.

From Oakland/South Bay:
I-580 West or I-880 North to I-80 East, then follow directions from Berkeley.
From San Francisco/Peninsula:
US 101 or I-280 North to I-80 over the Bay Bridge, then follow directions from Berkeley.

Marin County/North Bay
Take 101 South to I-580 East across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. EXIT Harbour Way/Cutting Blvd. Turn LEFT onto Cutting Blvd., and then RIGHT onto Harbour Way South. Continue for 0.8 miles until you see the large brick building. Make a LEFT into the gated lot passing the guard shack, and follow the parking lot all the way to the back looking for the Visitor Education center and NPS signage.

rosie the riveter park sites map

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Your gifts help us to complete major projects such as restoration of the historic Maritime Childcare Center, more programs and transportation for school children, and expansion of our Rosie’s Girls program so that more girls who lack resources can experience our summer camp and learn the "We Can Do It" spirit. Please make a significant gift now, if you are able.

You can choose a recurring monthly gift on our website, make a gift online, or mail it to:
Rosie the Riveter Trust
PO Box 71126
Richmond, CA 94807-1126.

Donate now online

For more information on making a donation, contact Marsha Mather-Thrift, Executive Director at (510) 507-2276 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Double Your Gift to the Trust to Support Park Programs

Many companies match employee gifts; your company may be among them. Check with your HR department about matching gifts. If your company’s involved, fill out the easy paperwork. Your gift will be doubled. If your company’s not involved, suggest the Rosie the Riveter Trust and have them contact Marsha Mather-Thrift Executive Director at 510-507-2276. Here are some examples: Autodesk, Bank of America, Chevron, Electronic Arts, Genentech, The Gap and many others.

If you are not already a member, please make your membership gift or donation here, or mail a check to Rosie the Riveter Trust, PO Box 71126, Richmond CA 94807-1126. Memberships are $35 for individuals, and $50 for families and include a 10% discount at the park gift store, invitations to special member-only events, and more. Then ask your employer to match your gift!

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Join Now!

Please join our growing community. Your membership supports our work to inspire current generations with the compelling stories of the WWII Home Front. Your donations also support youth programs such as Rosie’s Girls, and educational programs that help us remember, recognize, and repeat the best parts of this history forged by ordinary people across our country.

Join now and receive the following membership benefits:

  • A personal membership card
  • 10% discount at our Visitor Center Gift Store
  • Quarterly print newsletter (and E-news)
  • Invitations to member-only special events
  • Up to date Tour and Event schedules
  • E-alerts for lectures, films and other programs as well as online resources
  • The joy of knowing you are supporting a unique and important national park

Become a member

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Shop Online Store

Visit our store at the Oil House, next to the Ford Assembly Plant on a lovely part of the Richmond waterfront. We offer a wide array of interesting books, specially designed apparel, children’s toys, ornaments, park pins, glassware, and many other unique gift items. Special Rosie historical and park items are available only in our Visitor Center store. We specialize in US-made and union-made items to honor the workers so important to our history.

Proceeds from the store help fund the Rosie the Riveter Trust and its efforts to support the Rosie the Riveter World War II / Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond, California.

Featured Item of the Season

historically known shirts

Rosie V-Necks and Tank Tops from Historically Known

These modern, elegant tops from our friends at Historically Known feature an updated version of the classic "We Can Do It" Rosie image! Available in most sizes and super comfortable to wear, these Rosie v-necks and tank tops are perfect for when the weather gets warmer. Hurry in while supplies last!


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oral histories

In partnership with the Regional Oral History Office at UC Berkeley, the park has brought former Rosies and home front workers together to be interviewed in this compelling series of videos. There are nearly two hundred interviews in this archive that chronicles an amazing part of our history. These include many local Richmond stories, including a tale of the Boxcar Village in Richmond told by Bertha Hicks, and an interview with the oldest Park Ranger and former worker in a Jim Crow Union Hall, Betty Reid Soskin. Clips from some of these interviews appear in the film, Hometown Heroes, shown at the Visitor Center.

Explore the UC Berkeley Rosie Oral Histories archive

How to Submit Your WWII Home Front Story to RORI/NPS

Allied victory during World War II was supported by the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women working on the American Home Front. Women, who worked in defense industries, became known as "Rosie the Riveters", named after a popular song written in 1942. Although the name of the park starts with "Rosie the Riveter" NPS are committed to collecting a wide range of stories that relate to the American Home Front. Your story and perspective of the World War II Home Front is unique and important. Please consider sharing your memories with us.

National Park Service (NPS) submission guidelines:

rosie the riveter park sites map

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A wide variety of exhibits on loan and temporary display tell many parts of the Home Front story, including vignettes about recycling, rationing, labor struggles, medical innovations, recruitment of women into the workforce and more. Daily films and ranger tours provide a variety of perspectives on this unique chapter in U.S. history. The Visitor Education Center and our online resources connect people passionate about history so that we can contribute to its preservation and inspire current generations to understand where they have come from and where they might yet go in creating a just and equitable society.

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park - Visitor Education Center

1414 Harbour Way South, Suite #3000 (Oil House) Richmond, CA 94804

Open daily: 10am-5pm | (510) 232-5050 x0
(Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day)

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Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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